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Hydnophora bonsai

Veron, 1990

Colonies are encrusting, with stunted branches which are irregular in section. Monticules are fine and fused into irregular ridges.

Colour: Green or pale brown.

Habitat: Rocky foreshores.

Abundance: Uncommon.

Similar species: Hydnophora exesa

Taxonomic note: Source reference: Veron (2000). Taxonomic reference: Veron (1990a). Additional identification guide: Nishihira and Veron (1995).

Map displaying probable distribution of species. Points indicate recorded sightings from OBIS.
Hydnophora bonsai.  Mainland Japan.  This species form encrusting colonies with short branches.  Charlie Veron.

Hydnophora bonsai.Mainland Japan.This species form encrusting colonies with short branches.Charlie Veron.

Hydnophora bonsai.  Taiwan.  Surface detail.  Charlie Veron.

Hydnophora bonsai.Taiwan.Surface detail.Charlie Veron.

Hydnophora bonsai.  Ryukyu Islands, Japan.  Showing colony surface.

Hydnophora bonsai.Ryukyu Islands, Japan.Showing colony surface.

Hydnophora bonsai.  Ryukyu Islands, Japan.  Showing colony surface.

Hydnophora bonsai.Ryukyu Islands, Japan.Showing colony surface.

Hydnophora bonsai.  Ryukyu Islands, Japan.  Showing skeletal detail.

Hydnophora bonsai.Ryukyu Islands, Japan.Showing skeletal detail.

Hydnophora bonsai.  Ryukyu Islands, Japan.  Showing whole colony.

Hydnophora bonsai.Ryukyu Islands, Japan.Showing whole colony.

Hydnophora bonsai.  Ryukyu Islands, Japan.  Showing monticules.

Hydnophora bonsai.Ryukyu Islands, Japan.Showing monticules.

Hydnophora bonsai.  Ryukyu Islands, Japan.  Showing branch tip.

Hydnophora bonsai.Ryukyu Islands, Japan.Showing branch tip.